How to Fill Lexmark Ink Cartridges

By Catherine Johnson

  • Overview

    Maintaining your Lexmark printer by purchasing new ink cartridges each time you run out of ink can be costly and inconvenient. Over time, the amount you spend on new cartridges can exceed the cost of the printer itself. A far more affordable and environmentally friendly option is to purchase one of the widely available bulk printer inks or refill kits and simply refill the empty cartridge yourself. Here is an easy step-by-step guide to help you through the process of refilling your Lexmark ink cartridges.
    Refilling your Lexmark cartridges saves time and money
    • Step 1

      Follow the user manual for your printer and remove the ink cartridge from the holder. Place the cartridge on the paper towels.
    • Step 2

      Drill a small hole on the bottom half of the cartridge top. If a refill hole is already there, simply remove the tape on top of the hole.


    • Step 3

      Attach the needle to the syringe. If you are refilling a black cartridge, fill the syringe with 10 ml of ink. If you are refilling a color cartridge, fill the syringe with 5 ml of colored ink.
    • Step 4

      Insert the syringe needle deeply into the refill hole at the top of the cartridge. Slowly inject the ink until the sponge, located on the inside of the cartridge, is full and saturated.
    • Step 5

      Remove the syringe. Wipe the area around the refill hole clean and securely seal it with tape.
    • Step 6

      Leave the cartridge over the paper towels for at least an hour. This gives the ink time to be absorbed into the sponge. Make sure the print head at the bottom of the cartridge does not directly touch the paper towels.
    • Step 7

      Insert the cartridge back into the printer.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Ink refill kit
    • Paper towels
    • Electric drill
    • Scotch tape
    • Tip: Ink spillage is common in this process. Refill your cartridge in an area where you wouldn't mind if a spill happens. Quickly clean any spills with soap and warm water.
    • Tip: Before printing with your refilled cartridge, run your printer's cleaning cycle several times. This will help to remove any extra clogging in the print head area.

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